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Here’s How High School Students Across The Country Used Their Voices To Demonstrate For Gun Control

Seventeen people died on Feb. 14 when a man with a gun entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and opened fire. Nikolas Cruz opened fire with an AR-15 and sent a group of teenagers into overdrive in demanding change and common sense gun reform. One month later, thousands of high school students walked out of class to remind everyone that they are still fighting for that change.

It has been one month since 17 people at a Florida high school were killed by a man wielding an AR-15.

The nation was devastated when the news broke of another school shooting targeting America’s youth. Yet, something about this felt different. The students began to mobilize on social media to start creating change. A viral video of young people calling “BS” on arguments against gun reform reached millions and Emma Gonzalez became the face of a new gun reform fight. As thousands of students participated in walkouts across the country, it is clear that the younger generation is not backing down.

Students in some parts of the country stood in freezing weather to honor the victims of the Parkland shooting last month.

The demonstrations took place across the country. All of them included 17 minutes of silence in honor of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Students and schools displayed photos of victims of gun violence.

Participants of the walkouts and demonstrations want people to understand the real human toll of gun violence in the country.

Entire schools joined in the walkouts.

And some school administrators joined and encouraged students in their walkouts.

Some schools, however, have threatened students with disciplinary action for participating in the walkouts. Some schools have threatened such severe punishments that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has had to remind schools of what they are legally allowed to do.

Even New York Governor Andrew Cuomo joined students in protesting for gun reform.

Gov. Cuomo joined students at Zuccotti Park for a die-in. Die-ins have been used to bring attention to other public health issues, including the AIDs epidemic. Demonstrators laid on the ground to represent the bodies claimed by gun violence to give spectators a visual representation. The demonstrators chanted “never again” and “not one more,” common phrases echoed in the movement.

Sentiment on social media is clearly in favor of the students.

While millions of Americans are at work, in class, or elsewhere, they have taken to social media to celebrate the walkouts.

With much pride, parents are celebrating their socially activated children.

#ProudMama

This user wants people to remember that this eventually boils down to a political issue.

It is true that voting matters. If your elected representative it not doing what you want, it is your duty to vote for what you want.


READ: Florida Passed Their First Gun Safety Measure In More Than 20 Years And The NRA Has Already Filed A Lawsuit

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AOC Is Calling On Democrats To Hold No Punches In Response To Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation

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AOC Is Calling On Democrats To Hold No Punches In Response To Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation

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It’s official. Amy Coney Barrett, the judge who is opposed to marriage equality and the Affordable Care Act, is a Supreme Court justice. Barrett has two years of experience as a judge and her confirmation to the Supreme Court has renewed the fight by Democrats, especially AOC.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is ready to fight after the latest Supreme Court confirmation.

Amy Coney Barrett is President Trump’s third Supreme Court appointee and her confirmation has reenergized Democratic politicians. Rep. AOC used the confirmation to call for the Democrats to step up and fight like Republicans.

During President Obama’s last year, the Republican-led Senate refused to hold hearings for his appointee Merrick Garland 8 months before the election. Sen. Mitch McConnell at the time claimed it was inappropriate to hold a hearing during President Obama’s last year. Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation was rushed through with only 8 days till an election.

Barrett’s confirmation is energizing Democratic voters and what they want to see from a Democratic-controlled government.

Democratic voters have long been calling for politicians to pushback against the Republican Party. A common sentiment among the voters is that the Democrats in power have not been forceful enough on behalf of the voters. Rep. AOC is a politician elected to power in the name of that frustration.

An argument has been made to change the court by following past precedent.

Democratic candidates and politicians are calling the Republican Party’s move to confirm Barrett a sham. The argument used is that millions of American have already voted and the confirmation should have been held until the election. Democrats claim that if President Trump loses then Barrett’s confirmation goes against the will of the American voters.

Voters are hoping for a more vocal Democratic Party.

There is one week before the election and millions of people have already voted. Millions more will vote before Nov. 3 and both parties are doing everything in their power to win the election. Democrats saw a historic surge in donations after Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death through ActBlue. It is clear that the Democratic Party is motivated but will it translate into votes.

READ: Several Republicans And White House Officials Test Positive For Covid After Amy Coney Barrett Event

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Black Eyed Peas With Jennifer Hudson Redo Lyrics Of ‘Where Is The Love’ For Powerful Biden Ad

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Black Eyed Peas With Jennifer Hudson Redo Lyrics Of ‘Where Is The Love’ For Powerful Biden Ad

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There are seven days left until the 2020 presidential elections. Democrats and Republicans are doing everything they can to make sure that their party wins. The Black Eyed Peas and Jennifer Hudson joined the fight for a Biden/Harris administration with a powerful ad.

The Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Hudson, and Joe Biden are appealing to the love of the American people.

The Black Eyed Peas with Jennifer Hudson reworked the lyrics to the groups mega hit “Where Is The Love” to appeal to the American voters. The video starts with Joe Biden quoting the late civil rights activist Ella Baker saying, “Give people light and they will find the way.”

Biden’s ad is a final push to appeal to the American voters’ compassion and love. Images of protesters fighting against police brutality and white supremacy stand alongside the white supremacists marching with torches. The stark realities of two Americas is shocking as people from all walks of life hold up hearts with their hands to appeal to voters.

The ad is resonating with voters who are desperate for a hopeful message from the White House.

Fear and hate have dominated the past four years. Marginalized communities have lost rights and progress under the Trump administration. The administration has apologized for white supremacists while underplaying the danger it poses to the U.S. The FBI has named white supremacy the biggest domestic terror threat in the U.S. yet the Trump administration has done little to limit it. During the first presidential debate, President Trump was asked to condemn white supremacy and he was not able to do so.

For Biden, the election is a referendum on what kind of nation we want moving forward.

People are excited to see this collaboration. It is tugging at everyone’s heartstrings. Hate crimes have increased significantly under the Trump administration and police brutality has become more visible. The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor highlighted the need to better train our police forces and change policing in the U.S. Americans took to the streets for months protesting the disproportionate share of local and state budgets allocated to police departments.

People are focusing on the issues on the ballot.

The Democratic Party is highlighting the issues represented on the ballot this election. From immigration to healthcare to democracy, the argument from the Democratic Party is that this election is the most consequential election of our lifetime. Furthermore, the Democratic Party and the Biden/Harris campaign argue that the soul and spirit of our nation are on the ballot.

Don’t forget to vote on Nov. 3 or send in your mail-in ballot in time to make sure that your vote and voice are heard.

READ: Joe Biden Walks Away With Final Presidential Debate On Healthcare, Covid, And Many Issues

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